Young Citizen Awards

What is it?

  • An RIBI Rotary Award which recognises and rewards young people who have demonstrated on-going acts of good citizenship (the Rotary ideals of ‘Service Above Self’).

    Those nominated do not necessarily have to be working on a Rotary project to be eligible for an award. What matters is that they, individually or as part of a group,have made a positive difference which has been recognised by a local Rotary club as worthy of a nomination.

  • You will get a great idea of the type of good citizenship demonstrated by watching the whole Awards Ceremony here  ( 30 minutes long) or the notes and videos of the  individual winners from the links at the bottom of the page

Who is eligible for the award?

  • Any young person or group of young people under the age of 25 years.

    Young lady in Young Citizen Awards presentation.What do they receive?

  • From all nominations received a panel of judges selects 5 young people / groups who have demonstrated exceptional citizenship. They each receive a trophy, £500 for their project, a presentation at the RIBI Conference, live coverage by BBC News and a visit to the BBC News studio in London.

  • Every nominated young person or group receives a personalised certificate from RIBI. Clubs may also wish to organise special events and/or offer their own award of recognition.

  • Download the Young Citizen Information pack 2020 here

How does your club get involved?

Growing Engagement
Club and district engagement with Rotary Young Citizen has been growing over the past four years, with more and more Rotarians getting involved with this amazing scheme. We hope that even more of the Rotary community will nominate the outstanding young people in their area in 2019/20 and give them the national recognition that they deserve

Club members need to identify a suitable individual or group of young people.

  • Photograph: Group of young people - one in wheelchair.Once suitable young people / group of young people have been identified clubs complete a simple nomination form which can be downloaded  here

  • Nomination deadline: Rotary Young Citizens Awards is Friday, 14th February 2020

  • Inform your District co-ordinator Richard Warr ( Rotary Club of Northampton West)of your nomination at

  • Your club may also wish to acknowledge and/or reward its nominated young person / group (optional).

  • Yes, it’s as easy as that.

    How do I identify suitable young people?

  • Contact local Youth Group leaders, teachers etc.
  • Check your local press

Rotary Young Citizen WheelPower Sports Award 2020

There is also a separate Rotary Young Citizen WheelPower Sports to recognise and highlight the achievements and contribution as a positive role model to others of a wheelchair sports participant or a group. The criteria for this award is;

  • Aged 25 years of age or under.
  • Open to an individual or group.
  • Must have made a positive social impact on a community through action, and be a positive role model for others.
  • Must be able to demonstrate the importance of sport in transforming their life.
  • Must have shown a determination, dedication and commitment in their chosen sport

Athletes in receipt of  UK Sport podium level funding are not eligible for this award.

– Young Citizen WheelPower  Sports award Nomination Form (as for the Young Citizen award)

Young Citizen Awards National winners

Click here for  details of the 2019 Young Citizen awards and what the awards were made for

And you can watch BBC interviews of some of this year’s and  past winners on You tube here

Emily Stevenson – Young Citizen award 2019

Alana Habergham-Rice – Young Citizen award 2019

George Husar -Young Citizen 2019

Sophie Alderton – Young Citizen Award 2019

Charlotte Keane –  Young Citizen award 2019

Abbie Breakwell -Young Citizen WheelPower Sports award

Dale Rawlins -Young Citizen Award

Ryan Montgomery – Young Citizen Award

Rebeka Hinton -Young Citizen Award

Joseph Cox – Young Citizen Award